It’s a testament to the brilliant writing and directing of James Gunn that most of the main characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, who were previously not well known even to comic fans before the release of the film, are now some of the most famous superheroes ever created. Seriously, who would have thought that a talking raccoon would have such a gigantic fanbase?
Although he wasn’t actually a member of the team, Yondu Udonta has also gone on to become a beloved character among both hardcore fans and the general public, so it comes as no surprise that Marvel have announced that the wisecracking Ravager will finally be getting his own ongoing comic series. With his blue skin, his crazy mohawk, and his Southern accent, Yondu was bound to become a fan favorite, so it was probably only a matter of time before this happened.
Yondu will be written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, with the artwork being provided by John McCrea, who also drew most of the issues of The Boys, the original comic which inspired Amazon’s hit TV series. The cover for the first issue, which shows our hero grinning mischiously, was provided by Cully Hamner.
Although the comic will take place primarily in outer space, Thompson has described it as ‘a street-level space book within the cosmic Marvel Universe’, with McCrea also calling it a ‘space adventure exploring the seedy underbelly of the Marvel cosmic universe’. In other words, despite its sci-fi setting, it sounds like Yondu’s story will be as gritty as they come, but rest assured, Thompson has also promised there will be ‘jokes on every page’.
Because the original version of Yondu from the comics was noticeably different from the version of the character brilliantly played by Michael Rooker in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Marvel introduced a new iteration of Yondu into the regular 616 continuity. This new version of Yondu is a distant relative of the original while also being based directly on Rooker’s performance, and this is the same Yondu who will serve as the protagonist in the new comic series. The first issue will hit shelves in November.